Belarusian Catholic leader receives partial explanation why he was refused entry


Interfax-Religiia, 14 September 2020


The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belorussia, Archbishop Tadeusz Kindrusiewicz, was denied entry into the republic from Poland because of an invalid passport, a report on the official website of the Roman Catholic Church in Belorussia says, citing a reply received from the State Border Committee.


"The letter over the signature of the chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus, Anatoli Lappo, indicates the following reason for the actions of border guards, who prevented the metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev from entering Belarus: 'We inform you that you were not allowed across the state boundary because of a decision by agencies of internal affairs ruling that the passport belonging to you as a citizen of the republic of Belarus (number indicated) is invalid,'" the report says.


As reported, on 31 August, Archbishop Kondrusiewicz was refused entry without an explanation of the reasons. Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko later declared that Kondrusiewicz was not allowed into the country because "he received an assignment on the Polish side." (tr. by PDS, posted 14 September 2020)

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